Not quite as noisy this morning and things took to about nine o'clock to start moving. Walked back to St Marks Cathedral and waited about twenty minutes to get in. Impressive building and although it clearly stated no photos nobody seemed to worry. A mass was going on but as in Notre Dame nobody worried. There was some sort of parade today in the square for the Italian ANC with everyone dressed up and seemed a big deal. Seemed odd to me that all those who walked past me were either a president or a vice president not many Indians among them. After lunch we went for a gondola ride around the grand canal and smaller canals. Joel decided it would be best if Gabe negotiated the price. The first notable place we went past was Casanova's house. As our guide explained he was "sex machine - terrible ". Traffic was pretty heavy and when they come to an intersection they yell something out to let others know they are coming. Seems to work as haven't seen any collisions. The notable house was Marco Polo's which is directly opposite our lounge window. The grand canal is four metres deep and smaller ones two metres and no one lives on the ground level of any buildings as rising tides continually flood them. There have been some serenading gondola's going past as I type. Was keeping an eye on Hawthorn game as we were cruising around. There is a small church in our local square so went in and asked a few questions. Was told 270 catholic churches in Venice 1 for every 1000 people. There are a lot of beggars about the place but would be better suited at Hollywood with some of the looks they put on. With wifi non existent decided to get a sim and is better way to go. Haven't run into the merchant of Venice as yet and starting to run out of time. Be interesting to see what a Saturday night is like tonight.